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Monday, August 27, 2012

well you think i would have thought after 31/2 years on spark lol.what am i talking about you might ask?well about how much carbs are in fruit and veg lol.

well three days ago i accidently joined spark coach by mistake,glad i did but sorry that i probably wont be able to afford it after the two week trail is over but a very good thing has come out of it.for the first time (tried a couple of times in the past but found it too complicated)so for the first time doing more that one day i am on day 3 of tracking my food with the sp tracker.i know the calories of things even the fat as i have a jevers fat and calorie table but i never knew that 100g of my frozen berries had 20 grams carbs.here was me thinking i was following a low carb diet by not having bread(or very seldom)and when the kids had their noodles at night i would have a veggie or fruit alternative only to find now from tracking they had as much and sometimes more carbs than the noodle,lol.call me daft even though i have been on this journey 31/2 years and in that time lost 135 lbs i still didn´t know.i would have lost a lot more than the 135lbs if it hadn´t been for all the yoyoing i have been doing in that time.i guess if i am honest i was before still in a diet modus instead of a life style change.how can that be after being so long on spark?am i stupid or just blind not seeing all of this in the various great articles of sp.ANYWAY the tide has turned i am in this for the long haul not just till i loose the weight then revert back to old habits.tracking has opened my eyes also the book by linda spangle,a 100 days of weight loss.which i am reading at the moment and think is a good read for anyone who has an emotional eating problem like me.i don´t agree with all her suggestions but a majority of them made sense or gave food for thought.a few of them was so simple you think dah why didn´t i see that lol.so here is to my next 50lb loss and getting to goal no matter how long it takes(as long as it is in the next 21/2 years as i want to be a fit funky fifty and not a fat and flabby one like i am in my fourties.)so here´s to my next - 50lbs and here´s to us all having an open mind as we are never too old to learn and astound like me with the amount of CARBS in fruit and veg,lol.keep on keeping on my friends.take care and keep smiling. emoticon
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  • PATJ7084
    I have been on Spark a long time too, finally I am losing weight by cutting carbs. We are never to old to learn, we will be learning til the end of our days. emoticon
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    You have turned on my light bulb.
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  • JUDITH1654
    Yep - I lost 27 lbs when I added sodium to my tracker. As you say, you don't realize the hidden carbs and/or sodium, etc., in food. What I appreciate about the tracker is how you can add up to 72 different minerals/items to the tracker to specialize for your own needs.

    Keep up the good work and so glad you found the carbs!
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    You got this, crazy what a little education can do to help. I have found this is a common thing, my mom this year finally learned about the different types of carbs. I look forward to reading your success!
    1855 days ago
    You should feel proud for being open to learning something new, not silly for not already knowing it! And with your new knowledge, just think how much more control you have. I too use the nutrition tracker to figure out which fruit and veg to eat although I focus on total calories rather than carbs, for example I now usually cook myself pumpkin when I cook potatoes for my husband and that saves me quite a few calories each time. I've also just noticed that strawberries have almost half the calories of blueberries so I eat less blueberries and more strawberries which is certainly no hardship, just something that helps me reduce calories without any real effort - yay!

    Well done and keep it up!

    1855 days ago
    That is why I gave up on the new Weight Watchers diet - all that 0 point fruit just didn't work for me. Today was a GOOD day for you because you learned something - nothing to feel silly about - love those aha moments and also the mistakes that cause you to learn something so useful!
    1855 days ago
    Hi Karen !!.
    Glad you are doiing so well on spark coach I too joined ..
    Yes fruit and veggies do have carbs but remember there are good carbs as well as bad.
    I eat a lot of fruit and veggies and I still lost weight ..
    The secret is moderation in all things...
    I have little snacks of fruit and veggies as well as in my main meals they keep me satisfied .
    I am sure you will find a way that suits you my friend ..
    and yes this is a way of life not a diet !!
    Much love to you Lotfi and your boys Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    glad you have found a key to unlock the mystery of tracking. I had bought the calorie/carb bible from amazon as I wanted to know the carb count in a friends normal eating (she is a type 2 diabetic). It also led me to Sparkpeople. We can always learn as we meet knew Sparkfiends, we are a bottomless resourse!
    Here's to your next goal, we are all cheering you on
    1855 days ago
    Is not it a great feeling, to feel like a child learning something new, and having those Ahaaa moments, :D
    Great job on the loss so far, and praying 4 you for the next Goal, God b with u dear,
    you can totally do it :)))
    1855 days ago
    The point of life it to be always learning! emoticon
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  • STHAX10
    Yes, I follow a low carb diet. The amount of carbs in fruit and some veggies can be astounding. It is because of the natural sugar content of the food. Likewise when I buy dried fruit, I only buy raisins, apricots and prunes, as they do not add additional sugar. Even dried cranberries have sugar added. So I have spent a large amount of time watching labels to make sure that the bulk of my carbs eaten are fiber or only natural sugar. Good luck!!! emoticon
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